Today’s must-see viral videos

Watch: Taylor Kitsch as John Carter (of Mars), a little girl gets a new TARDIS, and pet makeovers ... for people

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Today's must-see viral videosTaylor Kitsch as John Carter of Mars, as shirtless as God intended.

1. “The Jerk,” revisited:

Ben Schwartz (from “Parks and Recreation”) and Zooey Deschanel (from “Yelling at the L.A. Times“) cover “Tonight You Belong to Me.”

 So who did it better? Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, or these guys?

2. Doggie makeovers for people:

Last night’s sketch “We’ll Make You Look Like Your Pet“  on Comedy Central’s “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” is just further evidence of the comedian’s brilliance. Not that we needed any.

Jon Benjamin Has a Van


3. “John Carter” official trailer:

I guess since it’s the first one of a potential series, they’ve decided to leave out the part where our hero is “of Mars.” Man, Tim Riggins is really out of his element here. Clear eyes, full hearts, red planet.

“John Carter” comes out March 9, 2012, and I’d like to officially challenge Taylor Kitsch to remain shirtless until then as a promotion for the film.

4. Book trailer of “Humiliation”:

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Critic Wayne Koestenbaum has managed to do the (nearly) impossible: make an on-topic, funny book trailer. His collection of letters (and subsequent advice) on “Humiliation” is sure to be a great read … but it’s even more fun to watch.

Check out the rest of the videos here.

5. The line between reality and “Doctor Who” gets a little more blurry:

Forgive me, but I totally thought the headline “The Internet replaces little girl’s stolen TARDIS” was going to lead to some kind of fake Onion video. The fact that it’s a real story makes it all the more magical. Good job, Internet.

But also? Bad job television anchor, who refers to “Doctor Who” as a movie. Unless she happens to be a super-fan of “Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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